§ Mr. Thornton
As my right hon. Friend explained in reply to Questions 5W on 22nd February, the figures available are based on a very small sample and are subject to wide margins of error. The number of families seems to be between 150,000 and 250,000. The average number of children in these households is probably something over three.
My hon. Friend will remember that since his last Question the Board's scales have been raised.